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The Mix — Cool Things to Do 11.30.12

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Five-time Grammy winning blues artist Robert Cray performs in support of his new album “Nothin But Love” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $30. Visit .


Luna Negra Dance Theatre has established a reputation as a highly sophisticated company for adult audiences. But last season, under artistic director Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, it also began creating work for family audiences. For this season’s new hour-long installment, “Moniquilla and the Moon Monster” (Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 1 and 2 at 3 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn), Eduardo Zuniga, one of the troupe’s most distinctive dancers, is taking over the writing, directing and choreographic duties from Sansano. For tickets ($15), call (312) 337-6882 or visit


Shop among more than 600 vendors to find that unique gift for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life during the 12th Annual One of Kind Show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart. Additional hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9. General admission is $9; $12. Visit .


Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim, Rosemont. Tickets are $75-$350. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Skating in the Park at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park, Rosemont, is now open. Admission is free. Skate rentals are $8. Hours are 4-9 p.m. Mon-Thu; 4-10 p.m. Fri; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun. Extended holiday hours Dec. 21-Jan. 6 are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit .


The Fourth Annual Santa Hustle 5K race gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 This year’s race beneficiary is Variety Children’s Charity. All participants should register online at The fee is $40. New to this year’s race is a wheelchair division and a kid’s 100-yard dash. Visit .


The Dave Matthews Band, touring behind the September release “Away From the World,” performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. Ska, reggae musician Jimmy Cliff is also on the bill. Tickets are $37.50-$83. Call (800) 745-3000; .

Grammy Award-winning artist Art Garfunkel performs 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. Tickets are $76.50-$86.50. Visit .


Chicago Grammy Award-winning artist Common performs at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino, Hammond, Ind. Tickets are $30-$60. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend of The Who attempt to rekindle the magic of their 1973 rock opera “Quadrophenia” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim. Tickets are $39.50-$129.50. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Richard Lewis, whose black humor taps into everything from the Jewish culture to neuroticism and sexuality, performs at 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 7, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Zanies, 5437 Park, Rosemont. Tickets are $30, plus two-item minimum purchase. Visit .


America’s favorite dad Bill Cosby brings his special brand of humor to the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Genesee Theatre, 203 N. Genesee, Waukegan. Tickets are $39.50-$75. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Trey Songz, touring in support of his fifth album “Chapter V” and its hit single “Heart Attack,” performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore. R&B artists Miguel and Elle Varner join the tour. Tickets are $48-$103. Call (800) 745-3000; .


Thanks to high-energy, stand-out bands like the Neverly Brothers (Kevin Giragosian, Kegham Giragosian and Craig Gigstad) rock ‘n roll will truly never die. The band performs songs by rock legends, including Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, at 8:30, 11:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Montrose Room, InterContinental O’Hare, 5300 N. River, Rosemont. Tickets are $10-$15. Visit .


The Million Dollar Quartet performs sets at 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4 during the Best Holiday Party Ever from 6 p.m. to midnight at MINI Chicago, 1111 W. Diversey. Admission is $50. A portion of the proceeds benefits Lakeview Pantry. Visit .


The Contours, the Miracles and the Temptations headline the “Motown Christmas” revue at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Star Plaza Theatre, I-65 and U.S. 30, Merrillville, Ind. Tickets are $45. Call (800) 745-3000; .


The Swedish tradition of Julmarknad Holiday Market comes to Andersonville Dec. 1-2 at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark. Activities include performances by the Swedish Male Chorus (3 p.m. Dec. 1), the wholesome version of “Santa Stories” by pH Comedy Theater (2 p.m. Dec. 2) and Nordic folk dancers (1:30 p.m. Dec. 2) and a “Buche de Noel” cooking demonstration by Brasserie 54 by LM (3 p.m. Dec. 1). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2; .

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